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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

USFS BWCA Ice Out Report - May 15

Current Ice Conditions:

West Side: Except for Snowbank, most lakes in the west zone are open.
- Moose Chain to Prairie all open. All of Basswood, Knife and Ensign are open.
- Burntside is open.
- White Iron, Bear Island, and Shagawa are open.
- Snowbank has only a little bit of ice.
- Rivers are open.
- Lakes One through Four, Insula, and Alice are open.
- Up the Echo Trail: Jeanette L. and Big L. are open.
- Kekakabic and Knife Lakes are open.

East Side: Lakes on the east side of the forest on the southern half are mostly open.
- Outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Crescent, Fourmile, Toohey, and Lichen are open.
- Mid- Trail and West Bearskin not open--slim chance of it opening by the weekend.
- Gunflint Lake open up to Magnetic Lake but there is still ice on the shores.
- Round Lake Open
- Missing Link Lake open
- Saganaga and Greenwood are NOT open.
- Seagull open
- Ham Lake open- Cross River and Cross Lake- open
- Probably nothing open yet in the Vento area (Daniels, Duncan)
- Bog, Quadga, Kawishiwi, Isabella, Koma, Malberg, Polly, and Perent Lakes are OPEN.

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